Drug Possession Charges may subject the accused to lengthy sentences of incarceration. From simple possession, to possession with intent to distribute, to trafficking in various narcotics, the penalties are severe. This makes it important to realize that possession is a term of art under the law. For instance, possession includes not only what someone may have on their person, it can also be shown by:
- With the Ability and Intention;
- To Exercise Dominion and Control over the Item;
As a result, if you are facing drug possession charges, it is important to contact an attorney who will help you understand the Commonwealth’s evidence. Contact Shane W. Surrette, at (774) 364-4605 or at [email protected] today.
Operating under the influence of alcohol does not require one to be drunk or unconscious. Assuming there isn’t a breathalyzer test in a case, the Commonwealth must show:
- Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
- On a Public Way;
- While the Person was Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor.
Being under the influence of intoxicating liquor requries the consumption of enough alcohol to reduce one’s alertness, judgment and ability to respond promptly. The amount necessary varies from person to person. As a result, if you are charged with OUI, contact an OUI Lawyer who has the experience you need. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at [email protected] today.
Drug possession charges carry penalties that go beyond the courtroom. For instance, drug possession offenses in Massachusetts will impact:
- A Driver’s License;
- Financial Assistance to those in Secondary Schooling;
As a result, if you face drug possession offenses, contact a Drug Possession Attorney who has handled countless drug cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605, or at [email protected]today.
If you are charged with OUI in Massachusetts and you refuse the breathalyzer test, the length of the license suspension for the refusal depends on the number of previous convictions. For instance:
- With No Prior Convictions or Admissions, the Suspension Period is 180 days if 21 years old;
- One Prior Admission, the License Suspension Period is 3 years;
- With Two Prior Convictions, 5 years;
- Three Prior Conviction Carries a Lifetime License Suspension with a Present Refusal.
The license suspensions are all based on the accused being at least 21 years old. As a result, if you are charged with OUI, contact the OUI Lawywer who will fight to preserve your license. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 at at [email protected] today.
If you are charged with a criminal offense in Massachusetts, the collateral consequences will often outweigh the criminal penalty. For example, certain criminal convictions carry:
- Deportation, if a Non-Citizen;
- Driver’s License Loss;
- Exclusion from Certain Forms of Employment.
If you are facing criminal charges in Massachusetts it is important to retain a Criminal Defense Attorney who will work with you to get you the results you need. Contact Shane W. Surrette, Attorney Criminal Defense, at (774) 364-4605 or at [email protected] today.
Many drug crimes carry minimum mandatory jail and prison sentences. For instance, if you are charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine under Mass. General Laws Chapter 94C s. 32A(c), the penalty includes:
- A minimum mandatory 1 year Imprisonment;
- Not less than 2.5 nor more than 10 years in State Prison;
- Not less than 1 nor more than 2.5 years in the House of Correction.
With such high stakes, it is important to have an attorney who will challenge the government’s case. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at [email protected] today.
In Massachusetts, breathalyzer test refusal evidence is inadmissible in an OUI trial during the government’s case. Other evidence that is inadmissible in the Commonwealth’s case in chief at an OUI Trial includes:
- Field Sobriety Test Refusal Evidence;
- Prior OUI Convictions;
- Statements Obtained in Violation of Miranda Warnings.
It is important to note that although this evidence is inadmissible in the government’s case, it may become admissible if the defense opens the door. As a result it is important to keep the door closed. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at [email protected] today.